The other day, I was roaming in the supermarket and I came across the section of honey. To my surprise, it had 1+1 free offer and people were crazily purchasing it without even reading the labels. How can an expensive and rare product like this come at such cheap rate? That’s when I thought, it’s important to understand how to identify honey for myself and for others too.
So we all know that honey has multiple benefits like; it’s helpful in managing weight, strengthens the immune system, nourishes the skin, boosts memory, relieves a cough and cold, helps in healing wounds, control blood sugars and so on.
And undoubtedly most of you’ll who are reading this article must be starting your day with warm water with lime and honey. But sadly 80% of the honey that’s available in the market today is not the raw or pure form of honey.
Raw honey contains pollen, antioxidants, phytonutrients, gut-friendly microbes, most of which is lost during processing. Companies have started filtering honey mainly to increase its shelf life; some may even add high fructose corn syrup to honey which may be detrimental to health. Here’s the difference between processed honey and raw honey.
|Processed Honey||Raw Honey|
|Partial to complete loss of nutrients.||Vitamins, nutrients, enzymes are intact.|
|May contain High fructose corn syrup which may be derived from GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) Corn.||Pure will not contain water or HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) as an adulterant.|
|It is linked to diabetes, obesity, hypertension etc.||Helps to treat high blood sugars, antibacterial, is high in antioxidants, promotes digestive health.|
|Light golden in color.||Thick and dark in color.|
So let’s quickly bump into the ways to identify the purity of honey at home –
Raw honey is much thicker and vicious in comparison to the filtered honey which is normally lighter and free-flowing.
Raw honey is darker in color (dark brown) in comparison to filtered honey.
3. Check the label
Check near the brand name, logo or in the ingredient list for additives or added flavors. Raw honey should have only honey mentioned in the ingredient list. If there are other ingredients mentioned it may be adulterated. Prefer companies claiming – Unfiltered Raw Organic Honey
4. Water test
Take a glass of warm water and add a teaspoon of honey to it, try to stir it. If the honey mixes with water it could be adulterated with different kind of sugar syrups. Whereas pure raw honey will not melt rather form a lump at the bottom of the glass.
5. Thumb test
Put a small drop of honey on your thumb and press it. If it spills or spreads on your thumb the honey should be impure.
Pure honey is viscous and will stick to the surface.
This test will only check for water added to honey. Take a dry matchstick and dip it in honey. Strike the matchstick if it lights it is pure honey as pure honey is inflammable, whereas adulterated honey may not light because of added water.
Heat pure honey, it will caramelize easily and will not be foamy whereas impure honey will not caramelize and become bubbly.
8. Drop honey on a blotting paper or paper towel
Drop some pure honey with the help of a spoon but honey will not get absorbed whereas adulterated honey will either leave a wet mark or get absorbed due to moisture content.
Different types of honey will have different characteristics, it’s important to try few tests before coming to a conclusion. So the next time you decide to start honey for better health, do check for its quality before consuming it.